I'f you're drawing, get some drawing paper(there are different kinds of paper). The quality can make a big difference in the end result of a drawing, and quality will also make learning more or less difficult.
I prefer to go with the brand Strathmore; Drawing; Medium. It has good endurance, isn't too thick or too thin, and you can trace if you have a lightbox or something if you need to as well.
If you're an absolute Beginner, I would suggest learning Perspective one point to five point perspect, learn about light and shade, and learn about basic proportions; start with some human anatomy(bones and muscle structures).
It's difficult for someone to help themself or to help someone without knowing where they are at to start with, and where they want to go.
1. Find an awkward shaped mechanical object (like a bike pump although any intimidating object will do) and spend about an hour and a half drawing it, any paper and drawing tool will do. Then if you want, post it online or tuck it away somewhere you'll be able to find it in a few months...
2. You need to know what kind of art you want to be able to do, not necessarily end up doing, but what you want to have the technical skills,knowledge, and ability to be able to do. Find some illustrations of Artwork that seems to really have the perspectice thing down, another for anatomy, and another for light and shade. You may or may not like them later but let's see what you like anyways, you don't even have to like them, as long as they match that description.
The reason I chose those three things: Perspective, Light and shade, and Proportion. is because they all supplement eachother. not necesarily proportion, but it's a good thing to know if you're going to be drawing anything other than still lifes.
Edit: Also, Studies are finding an object or image, and trying to draw it as you see it. great way to learn anatomical structures, and light and shade.
Betty Edwards' Drawing On the Right Side Of the Brain Is a good book as well, Most University or College level Introduction to drawing courses are now more or less based off of that book. It sort of changed the way drawing is taught from what I hear.
Last edited by Mr_S_14; June 16th, 2010 at 05:31 PM.
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